Camille's deposition will continue April 19

By Diane Herbst and Nicole Weisensee Egan
Updated April 12, 2016 04:05 PM
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Camille Cosby can be deposed for a second time as part of a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women against her husband, Bill Cosby, a federal judge ruled Tuesday after a 90-minute hearing in a Worcester, Massachusetts courtroom.

The second deposition will take place on April 19 in Boston. The first deposition took place on February 22 in Springfield, Massachusetts and lasted a full day.

Camille’s lawyers had filed a motion asking the judge to cancel the second deposition or limit the questions attorney Joseph Cammarata can ask, saying he asked “offensive” questions about her sexual relations with her husband, her politics and the death of their son, Ennis.

For the second deposition, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy said the questioning will be limited to five hours and 45 minutes, and he put restrictions on the types of questions that will be allowed.

“We’re not going to have a repeat of some things that happened” during the first day of the deposition in February, Hennessy said. “I can assure you. We’re not going to have questions like, ‘Were you asleep when you had sex with your husband.’ You will follow the rules.”

Hennessy said Cammarata asked questions he shouldn’t have at the first deposition, saying, “You crossed the line and I don’t want it to happen again.”

Hennessy also ruled that Monique Pressley can continue to represent Camille, despite her belatedly filing paperwork to represent Camille in Massachusetts.

Both sides said afterward they were happy with the judge’s decisions.

“We’re entitled to continue the deposition despite their efforts to terminate it, which is a good thing,” Cammarata said. “We will be mindful of the court’s ruling and ask probing questions to get to the truth of the issues in this case.”

Andrew Wyatt, spokesman for the Cosbys, said in a statement, “We are very gratified by the court’s decision today.”

Wyatt added, “While not agreeing to terminate the deposition, the court granted Mrs. Cosby’s request to limit the types of questions she could be asked going forward, prohibiting plaintiffs from asking improper questions, questions seeking her opinion, and questions involving marital communications.

“We are also pleased the court rightly denied plaintiffs motions to compel as well as their motion to disqualify counsel on both procedural and substantive grounds,” the statement said.

The Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby

Meanwhile, the attorneys for Bill Cosby’s criminal case filed an appeal yesterday to the Pennsylvania Superior Court asking for the case against the 78-year-old entertainer to be dismissed.

On December 30, newly elected Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele charged Cosby with aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, now 43, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion.

The criminal case case is on hold until the Superior Court rules on Cosby’s recently-filed motion.

Cosby’s attorneys say former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. promised Cosby he would never be prosecuted in Andrea Constand’s case in return for cooperating in her civil suit against him.

Castor verified their claim at a Feb. 2 hearing on the matter but Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill refused to dismiss the case.

Cosby has steadfastly denied Constand’s allegations as well as those of more than 50 other women who say the entertainer drugged and/or sexually assaulted them.